“Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.”
― Louis Pasteur
It is commonly known that red wine improves blood flow and warms us on cold winter days. A warming glass of red can break through any cold day! The health benefits of drinking wine have been popular for centuries. It has been found to help prevent heart attacks and strokes, lower blood pressure and protect against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Wine is a natural grape product used to treat and prevent many health conditions for centuries. A study published by the American Heart Association found that drinking a glass of red wine per day reduces your chances of having a heart attack by 30%. Another study published in the journal, Circulation, found that those who drink red wine regularly have lower blood pressure levels and are less likely to have heart disease.
Red wine contains nutrients called anthocyanins which are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, which can help fight against seasonal colds and flu.
A number of studies are on the side of red wine lovers. American Heart Association published an article that back-stated the relationship between drinking a moderate amount of red wine and reduced risk of premature death from coronary disease.
So, if you enjoy the ritual of having a glass of red wine during lunch or dinner, this pleasure also protects your health. What`s important is to keep things in moderation and follow the daily recommendations, including:
- 2 glasses of wine for men
- 1 glass of wine for women
Grapes are certainly a blessing of nature due to the array of healthy nutrients they contain. Resveratrol, for example, is a powerful antioxidant that has a number of health benefits, including keeping your blood pressure under control.
Whole red grapes used in making red wine also contain procyanidins, compounds that promote heart vessel health. But, too drinking much alcohol can have the opposite effects and lead to hypertension, arrhythmia and similar. Therefore, moderation is the key.
A study by Oxford University’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine looked at the medical literature published on antioxidants in red wine and found that it can boost our physical fitness, protect us from cancer and improve skin health and complexity.
Drinking red wine can also protect your skin from developing wrinkles and ageing. The antioxidants in red wine can help improve collagen production, making it more plump and smooth. Red wine also protects hair from being damaged by free radicals or environmental factors such as smoke, pollution or cosmetics.
With so many holidays ahead, there can`t be enough reasons to celebrate! Winter feasting is never complete without a bottle of good red wine. Just imagine the moment of choosing your favourite vino on the way to your friend`s or family fiesta. Red wine arouses positive emotions and a desire for a deeper connection. Is there anything more festive than a place full of happy and laughing people, celebrating life with their favourite wine?
If you are looking for the best wine choice that will actually be good for your health, take a look at the following list compiled by wine and health experts, along with wine lovers of course:
Pinot Noir grapes hold the title of the healthiest grape variety in the world. The wine made of these grapes is abundant in resveratrol and other beneficial nutrients. You will get a delicious, rich and dry red wine that is low in sugar, calories and moderate alcohol content.
If you are a fan of red fruit flavours, followed by delicious baking spice and vanilla, then Pinot Noir is the perfect choice for you.
The thick skin of Malbec grapes is a rich source of antioxidants such as quercetin and resveratrol. This type of wine is twice as healthy as Cabernet Sauvignon and Меrlot.
A bottle of Merlot enchants with black berries and plum aromas, complemented with a touch of rich chocolate, leather and sweet tobacco.
The king of red wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, is highly ranked in the class of healthiest fine wines. Excellent for cold days, Cab is packed with catechin and epicatechin which can protect you from the common cold and flu. The luxury fusion of blackcurrant, liquorice and cassis, complemented with rich fruit and spicy flavours make this wine the favourite among wine aficionados. When you add the array of health benefits it provides, Cabernet Sauvignon is the title-holder red wine for the cold season.
Standing shoulders to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot is the second red wine favourite among wine lovers. It is high in antioxidants like procyanidin and resveratrol which regulate cholesterol levels and promote heart health. Also, wine is very beneficial for the gut microbiota, while melatonin helps your mind relax and release the hormone of happiness.
Merlot provides a complex flavour bouquet of cocoa, cedar and delicious black cherries and cocoa.
When it comes to health benefits, white wine is not as popular as red wine. However, few people know that whies like Chardonnay can regulate cholesterol levels, protect bone density, protect from blood clogging, and prevent stroke.
Chardonnay can vary from medium to full-bodied, with delicious flavours of lemon, pineapple and papaya.
In conclusion, wine is a healthy drink to consume in moderation because of its high antioxidant content which helps improve our physical and mental health.
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